What is our Pick’n Mix for 2018

Written by Kholoud Saleh. Posted in Events, Parenting

Approachable Parenting ‘Pick and Mix’ choices in parenting teenagers



Kathleen Roche-Nagi
Teenagers face a myriad of challenges and influences different from our own turbulent years. Social media and various pressures often compound our teens and they react by being labelled as difficult, demanding and unappreciative. We hear about how the parents feel a mix of emotions that their teen is not meeting expectations and not growing into the kind of person they envisioned.

Parenting is challenging at the best of times but the right tools and skills can bring much ease into the home.

During the launch of our ‘5 Pillars of Parenting’ Teen Programme, we asked parents if they could ‘Pick and Mix’ what they could know to raising their teenager.

The replies from parents were impressive as was the knowledge of teenagers who attended our holiday programme last week.

“Learn the skills to really listen and to be able to empathise….”
This is the advice that Kathleen Roche-Nagi, Director of Approachable Parenting imparts in the programme through practical ways to improve the relationship between parents and teenagers. Essentially they are young adults but still require structure and guidance that respects their growing independence. Parents are given practical tools to feel more in control of the home atmosphere whilst operating from a place of love, not frustration.

Here are the thoughts of one parent whilst attending the programme ” I am seeing a happier more engaging change between me and my son. There’s infinite scope for improvement but I love the aspect of compassion that Approachable Parenting teaches us from”.

Son’s feedback “the workshop was different from school. I learnt about feelings and changes to me and how it affects my family. We did lots on communication. I liked the one using the pen; the one person who is talking holds the pen and the other listens, I am going to use this with my parents”.

Nursery World Awards 2015

Written by Salma. Posted in Events

Approachable Parenting are incredibly proud to announce that the Sparklers Parent Mentoring Programme has been voted as a finalist at the Nursery World Awards 2015, after entering the Working with Parents category. The competition was fierce so we want to thank all the parents who worked hard to help achieve this and say a massive congratulations to Balsall Heath and Washwood Heath children’s centres as well as Clifton School.

The awards presentation will be taking place on Saturday 26th September at the Brewery, London.




A massive well done to everyone!


Five Pillars of Parenting Talks

Written by Salma. Posted in Courses, Events, Parenting, Talks

Alsalam Alykum,
Starting this week, Approachable Parenting will be delivering Five Pillars of Parenting talks in the Amana, Birmingham over an eight week period (excluding half term). This is one of three courses beginning on the 27th of January that will utilize psychological techniques within an Islamic framework, with references from Quran, Hadith and Sunnah. The aim of the talks will be to ‘give parents concrete tools, knowledge and practical skills’ that will assist them in and help develop their parenting techniques. Skills will be taught in interactive sessions which are then practised at home.
Approachable Parenting will be working in association with the CANparenting Quality Mark, which we received in the House of Commons one year ago.  The CANparent Quality Mark is awarded to organisations delivering universal parenting classes. It is the only quality standard that has been developed for the parenting sector, by the parenting sector.
Choosing a CANparent class ensures that the class and advice:
  • Is relied on by parents to make a positive difference, is evidence informed, monitored and evaluated to improve parent / child relationships;
  •  Is recommended by other parents;
  • Is responsive, warm and relational, engaging with parents and builds on these effective relationships to meet their needs;
  • And parents can rely on the integrity of the class provider, its professional conduct, competence, financial and governance systems, and data protection/confidentiality, to ensure suitability to deliver a class.

In order to achieve the CANparent Quality Mark, organisations must demonstrate that they have met all the indicators across these four quality elements.

 Approachable Parenting would like to thank CANparent for funding the East London programme and the two Birmingham programmes in Clifton school and Muath Centre.
Each course is 2 hrs per week for 8 weeks and full commitment is necessary. The courses are free to all Muslim parents! For more information, have a look at our AP leaflet for parents (Amana).
Update: Classes in all three areas are now full with a total of 150 children between all parents.
Thankyou for your cooperation!
CANparent Quality Mark

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Birmingham B12 9RG - UK

Phone: 0121-773 8643
Email: info@approachableparenting.org.uk
Approachable Parenting are partnered with Islamic Relief to help deliver our parenting courses